Dempsey-Proton Racing has been stripped of its 2018/19 Super Season points following a complete investigation relating to the manipulation of data loggers on it’s vehicles.
The number 88 Dempsey Proton Porsche has lost their podium finish at Fuji whilst under investigation for fuelling time and data irregularities and after the G-Drive and TDS cars were disqualified for fuel rig irregularities at Le Mans, the 2nd-placed number 88 Dempsey Proton Racing entry and sister number 77 Porsche received time penalties.
Notice of investigation into the issue by the FIA Technical Delegates before the next FIA WEC round at Shanghai in November.
On Saturday at Shanghai Stewards bulletin found that the team’s “failure to co-operate in an investigation” resulted in the final penalty decision.
It said Dempsey-Proton was found to have added an additional line of code into its data logger “with the purpose of increasing the time of the refuelling sensor signal sent to the official FIA/ACO data logger by two seconds”.
The code was found to have been active place for the Six Hours of Silverstone in addition to the Fuji race.
After being summoned to a hearing on Thursday, Senior Dempsey-Proton members did not contest the allegations, only to state that the extra code had produced by an “external consultant” who no longer works with the team, but refused to reveal the consultant’s identity or manner in which they were dismissed from the team.
Additional hearings on Friday and Saturday with team owner and driver Christian Ried failed to produce any new information. As a result, the stewards ruled that both the number 77 and 88 entries would lose all the points they had earned up to and including the Fuji race.
The decision elevates Project 1 Porsche drivers Egidio Perfetti, Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsey to the lead lead in the Am class standings by 12 points over TF Sport Aston Martin pair Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood.
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